Singles Round Up: 1st December 2014
Better late than never eh? Let's have a slightly belated look at this weeks musical snippets...
Kicking off with The Amazing Snakeheads whose latest track 'Can't Let You Go' features only lead vocalist Dale Barclay as the last remaining member of the original group. Its a energetic, angry sounding wall of noise that is as off-putting to outsiders as it is essential to existing fans. They won't win a wider audience with this but they're certainly putting their stake in the ground. It'll be interesting to see how they develop from here.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Hannah Peel has gone all seasonal on us with this (slightly early) Christmas track 'Find Peace' which has been released via Netherlands-based label Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club who are releasing a series of limited vinyl singles over the festive period. Peel's contribution is a little bit of sixties tinged pop, easy going yet hits all the right notes. We like.
Oh! Gunquit! have released 'Sinkhole' a track that's almost as impenetrable as their title. Described in the press release as "Rumble-Bop Trash Blitz" it seems their promo team are having as hard a time working out what they're about as we are. Despite that, there's something about Sinkhole that appeals and brings with it a thinly veiled swipe at all sorts of social and environmental injustices.
With its 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired video, 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' is probably the best thing we've heard from Bombay Bicycle Club in quite some time. Despite the lengthy runtime, there's enough energy and vitality to ensure that it never becomes a struggle - the only thing holding us back from flat-out recommending it is that the album from which it sprung is now nearly a year old and with that in mind its hard to get too excited.
Where do we go from there? Johanna Glaza's ethereal 'Paper Widow' seems a good choice; at first its lack of tune makes loving it a challenge, but sometime about half way through Glaza's vocals seduced us and turns Paper Widow into an essential and delicious listen.